Leader Désiré Guillaume, at the head of No.
350 (Belgian) Sqn RAF, the first all-Belgian
squadron, which would write one of the most
beautiful pages of its history at Dieppe.2)
Daniel Le Roy du Vivier's fighting spirit earned him the honour of adding a bar to his
“Since being awarded the DFC, this officer
has continued to display skilful airmanship.
He participated in 4 sorties in the combined
operation at Dieppe on 19th August 1942 and
the successes achieved by his squadron can
be attributed largely to S/Ldr Le Roy du Vivier's masterly influence and outstanding
Phooto: album Prévot via A. Bar
On the Mediterranean Theatre
Photo: via A. Bar
The “Boy”. Wing Commander Le Roy du Vivier, D.F.C. & Bar.
Photo of some of the pilots with Wing Commander Le Roy du Vivier.
In September 1942, No. 43 Sqn was placed
on Non-Ops status before being transferred
to the Mediterranean theatre. Daniel Le Roy
du Vivier, after 26 months with the squadron,
including 9 months as its CO, was appointed
Wing Commander and transferred to No. 13
Group Staff, in charge of training. He took
advantage of this new assignment to undergo the Pilot Instructor Course at the Central
Gunnery School at Sutton Bridge, from December 1942 to February 1943. He graduated above average and returned to Group
Headquarters. But other horizons would
open for him: those of the Mediterranean,
where the fortune of the tide would soon
In May 1943, the Afrikakorps laid down its
arms at Tunis, bringing the North African
Campaign to an end, which had made the
names of Tobruk, El Alamein, Rommel and
Montgomery famous, and where the name
of the small island of Malta, a key position
between Sicily and Libya, had become synonymous with tenacity and inflexible resistance.
On April 13, 1943, Daniel Le Roy du Vivier was
transferred to the Middle East Command
staff and in May, he was appointed Wing Leader of No. 239 Wing of the Desert Air Force, the nucleus of the Mediterranean Allied
Tactical Air Force set up in January 1943.
Five squadrons made up the Wing (Nos. 112,
250, 260, 450 Sqn RAF & 3 Sqn SAAF). Leaving Kairouan in Tunisia, they were redeployed to Malta at Safi, Hal Far and Luqa Airfields. Equipped with Kittyhawks, they were
mainly engaged in ground attack missions.
It was in Malta that Daniel Le Roy du Vivier
took command of the Wing, which was immediately readied in preparation for the
Allied landings in Sicily, the prelude to the
Italian Campaign and the first stage in the
assault on Fortress Europe. Interdiction
and armed reconnaissance missions followed one another. From July 9, the day
of the landing, direct support missions for
ground troops were added. By July 13, the
Wing redeployed to Pachino in the south of
Sicily from where the Kittyhawks continued
their missions, most of the time under the
protection of Spitfires of No. 324 Wing, which